Who We Are

North Coal Limited is a Canadian resource company based in Sparwood, British Columbia dedicated to providing a long-term source of steel-making coal for global markets.

We operate with a small, dedicated and expert team led by seasoned mining and environmental professionals. Our leadership team has decades of experience and expertise in a variety of resource-related disciplines including mining operations, coal production, permitting, water and wildlife management, reclamation, government affairs, community relations, First Nations engagement and economic development, among other areas.

Our current operational staff live and work in communities where we operate, regularly engage with local residents, and support community development. All staff follow responsible mining and environmental practices embracing continuous improvement to manage risks and effectively minimize the impacts of our activities. We work to understand the socio-economic challenges of our communities and target our social investment programs to improve the quality of life in areas where we operate.

Our Values

Leadership Team


Chief Executive Officer

Ian is North Coal’s Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director since 2021. Ian is an Operating Partner with Pacific Road Capital, is deeply involved in the firm’s investment program, and chairs Pacific Road’s ESG Committee. Ian previously led the global coal business at BHP, and BHP’s exploration and business development group. Prior to BHP, Ian had substantial corporate mining strategy and business development experience with Rio Tinto and Anglo American, and markets-facing experience with Citigroup. Ian brings over 30 years of minerals industry experience in operations, exploration, business and project development, project finance, equities, executive leadership, risk management and ESG.


Chief Finanicial Officer

David has been North Coal’s Chief Financial Officer since 2021. David brings over 20 years of financial and commercial experience and has held various senior finance roles across Canadian and Australian entities in the mining sector. Some of David’s recent roles have been with Glencore and Premier Gold, and have included operational and project focussed roles. David has held various stakeholder facing roles in Canada that have involved extensive work with First Nations, regulators, and financial institutions.
David holds a Certified Professional Accounting designation of Ontario, Canada, having spent the first 10 years of his career with KPMG.


VP Regulatory and Environment

Bill joined the North Coal in 2018 as the Vice President of Regulatory and Environment bringing his 20 years of experience in environmental assessment, permitting and operations to the team. With a career that has included roles in utilities, oil & gas, waste management and mining including both project and corporate roles here in Canada and internationally. In addition to Bill’s primary role in managing regulatory processes for natural resource projects, he has been responsible for engagement with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, regulators, and NGO’s.  Bill brings his passion for collaboration having participated in regional, national, and international environmental organizations focused on managing the effects of human activities on the environment.  Bill holds a BASc in Industrial Ecology.


Site and Operations Manager

Abby is the Site and Operations Manager at North Coal and comes with over 10 years experience in the Australian and Canadian coal industries in both operations and exploration. In addition to her background in geology, Abby has gained a diverse set of skills, specializing in exploration management, health and safety, environmental monitoring, land and stakeholder management, and compliance. Abby is currently registered as a Professional Geoscientist in the province of British Columbia.


Indigenous and Community Relations

Jonathon Brewer is from Kainai/Blood reserve in Southern Alberta and resides in the East Kootenay’s with his family. He started working with North Coal in the Summer of 2018 as an assistant Geologist to which he helped map the geology of the North Coal license area. As the Indigenous and Community Relations Manager, Jonathon works to build working relationships and inform Indigenous communities about North Coal and the Michel Coal Project. Jonathon works to remove the barriers by educating and informing his co-workers about the history of the Indigenous people and stories about the territory where the Michel Coal Project is located.